Mediterranean Gardening

Mediterranean Gardening : A Waterwise Approach

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Gardening in harmony with a Mediterranean climate means taking advantage of winter rain and allowing the garden to rest over hot summers. In this beautifully illustrated, practical handbook, Heidi Gildemeister provides both novice and experienced gardeners with a comprehensive guide for waterwise gardening, with over one thousand drought-tolerant Mediterranean plants chosen both for their beauty and for their easygoing ways. Well indexed with common and botanical names, "Mediterranean Gardening" will be indispensable not only for gardeners in California, the Mediterranean basin, and Mediterranean climate areas in South America, Australia, and Africa, but for anyone living in a region that experiences drought. Gildemeister explains how drought-tolerant plants that are suitably matched with a site and carefully planted and mulched can live on winter rain and, once established, do not need additional summer water - as in nature. The Plant Selection lists over one thousand plants from nearly five hundred genera, including their preferred growing conditions, propagation, best use, and maintenance.
Guidelines in eight steps describe the planning of waterwise gardens, such as for the establishment of dappled shade to conserve precious soil moisture. Successful alternatives to the water-intensive lawn offer attractive design ideas. "Mediterranean Gardening" offers a wealth of information: 'easy' plants for the beginner, new choices for the garden architect, and for botanists the latest findings on minimum temperatures plants can endure. An extensive bibliography covering drought tolerance and a list of useful addresses make this book as helpful to people converting to water-, labor-, and ecology-conscious gardening as to those starting from scratch.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 194 x 260 x 15mm | 513g
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • 356 color illustrations
  • 0520236475
  • 9780520236479
  • 31,644

Table of contents

Foreword by Christopher Brickell Introduction and Acknowledgements Chapter One: The Environment The Medditerranean Climate: A Review of the Background The Dominant Forces: Assets and Challenges Mediterranean Plant Communities: Plant Life through the Seasons Native Drought-Tolerant Plants: How They Function and Survive The Soil: Its Structure, Life and Care Chapter Two: Waterwise Garden Planning and Design The Way Ahead: Water-saving Gardening in Eight Steps Step 1 - Planning Your Garden Step 2 - Creating Plant Cover and Shade Step 3 - Using Drought-tolerant Plants Step 4 - Reducing the Lawn, Alternatives Step 5 - Grouping Plants for Water Needs Step 6 - Planning Water Management Step 7 - Using Water-saving Practices Step 8 - A Waterwise Garden for All Seasons Chapter Three: Waterwise Gardencraft Planting or The Happiness of Roots Mulch. The Gardener's Ally Water. Its Wise Use Nutrition. Soil, the Primary Source Health. How to Prevent an early Death Pruning for Health, Growth and Flowering Weeds. Friend or Foe? Propagation. Simple Ways Maintenance Chapter Four: Plant Selection How to Choose Drought-Tolerant Plants Plant Lists for Specific Uses 1000 Drought-tolerant Plants Glossary Useful Addresses Bibliography Index
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"This is no ordinary book on drought-tolerant plants, but the accumulated wisdom of twenty years spent learning about the Mediterranean climate, and its plants and soils. The learning was not the casual process of one warned by municipal authorities that water is becoming scarce, but the urgent seeking for knowledge of an intelligent gardener entirely dependent on rainfall. . . . The pictures, too, are delightfully different from those we have come to expect in books on waterwise gardening."--"Pacific Horticulture"
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About Heidi Gildemeister

Heidi Gildemeister converted a maquis-covered western Mediterranean landscape into a thriving ten-acre garden and became a pioneer of waterwise gardening in the Mediterranean region. A gardener of long and varied experience, she has gardened in Switzerland, the Andes, and on the Peruvian coast. She lectures worldwide and has contributed to The Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening. She is a member of the Botanical Society of South Africa, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and the International Dendrology Society and is a founding member and former president of the Mediterranean Garden Society.
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